Edith Bernstein Schatz (1931-2022) Edith Bernstein Schatz, beloved for her joyous approach to life, passed away in the comfort of her own home in Bloomfield, Connecticut on August 1. She was 91. Edith was a devoted mother and grandmother, wonderful friend, arts supporter, local tennis champion, bridge and golf enthusiast, pianist, folk singer, traveler and lover of life. She was fun and free-spirited, with an infectious laugh: a magical “Grandy” who hid candy and comic books in her grandchildren’s beds and celebrated all family birthdays as if they were national holidays. Born on March 19, 1931, in New York City to Mary and Abram Bernstein, Edith grew up on West End Avenue and graduated from the High School of Music and Art in 1948. In high school, she played the bass fiddle and piano, sang and wrote musical shows. At 16, she won the special honor of being maestro Leonard Bernstein’s greeter at Grand Central Station. She attended Barnard College and senior year was presented with a “Swing and Sway” baton by bandleader Sammy Kaye after competing in “So You Want to Lead A Band.” After graduating in 1952, she worked in television production in New York City and then married and moved to West Hartford, where she raised four children and later earned a Master’s in Education at St. Joseph’s College in 1968. She subsequently taught in West Hartford schools and was also an enthusiastic volunteer in helping Russian immigrants adapt to the Hartford community. Loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend, she is survived by Louis and Susan Schatz of West Hartford, Beverly and David Therkelsen of Andover, Massachusetts, Carol Schatz and Richard Papper of New York City, and Patricia and Gilles Pipernos-Schatz also of West Hartford. She was the adoring grandmother of: David and Amy Schatz, Carly and Matt Campbell (and great granddaughter Ada Ruth Campbell), Matt Therkelsen and Talia Steiman, Liza Therkelsen; Gaby and Will Papper; and Benjamin and Sara Pipernos. Her beloved sister, Joann Temkin, passed away in 2015. The family extends a special thank you to Delores for her help the last two years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Edith’s memory to Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia High School, https://alumniandfriends.org/give. The family plans to celebrate her life with a private service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Edith’s memory to Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia High School, https://alumniandfriends.org/give.